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“Boundless is an album by Finnish a cappella ensemble Rajaton, released in 2001.”


For those of you who are behind in your Finnish acapella news,  this department (Shipping and Shoelaces) has a report on “Boundless” by Rajaton. Below is a

rundown on several tracks that look promising.




This track explores the life of a poor butterfly who gets lost at the mall. She has no credit cards or cash so she has to fly back to Finland. “Life is hard!” she sings after stopping at London to refuel.

2. Un-Wishing Well


This song is based on the famous folk tale about young lovers who make a wish to live happily ever after. As luck would have it, they made their wish at the Un-Wishing Well and were struck dead by Topher, the god of Water Rights.


3. The Lark in the Clear Air


This soaring rendition concerns the Lark who never flies in bad weather; he is known to call the airport prior to takeoff. Since 1994 larks worldwide have been grounded.

4. We Walk in a Fog


This track concerns a group of friends who do everything together, as they fear they may somehow be parted. When the fog rolls in, they join hands and sing. We understand this sounds better in Finnish.

5. Dobbin's Flowery Vale


Irish folk music has never sounded so lilting as in this tale of Dobbin, a poor student who picked flowers in the vale for his love, who being allergic, sued him for all he was worth. He spent the rest of his days singing “O my flowery vale” over and over. Neighbors grew sick of this and had him shot.

6. Armahan Kulku (The Lover's Path).


This thrilling song is enhanced by being performed in its original Finnish version. It concerns a couple who make a wrong turn on the highway of love.


7. Kaipaava (Longing)


The best track was saved for last as Longing, or unrequited love on a cracker, is practically the national anthem of Finland. The arrangement by Wuorela and Chydenius, the Simon and Garfunkle of Europe, is possiby their best work to date. Although purists might prefer their rousing version of “I am, I said to the chair that wasn’t there.”

If you find that this album merely whets your appetite for the Finnish acapella of Ragaton, you may want to check out their latest work, Out of Bounds (2006). To quote from the album notes:


“The English texts are not direct translations. In the first two, Stephen Hatfield attempted to write English lyrics that matched many of the vowel sounds in the Finnish versions.”


Oh, bring it on.